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Only halfway to the Great New York State Fair

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Only halfway to the Great New York State Fair
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NEW YORK STATE -- It may be hard to believe with the weather we've been having but the 2014 edition of the Great New York State Fair is coming up fast.

Friday marks the halfway point to the Fair and the State Agriculture Department took the occasion to announce some early details.

This year's theme will be "Summer's Best in Show" and there will be some changes made based on feedback from agricultural leaders.

One big change, the Wine Village will be moving back to its old location to increase visibility.

It will once again be located on the Colonnade after spending a few years near the Horticulture Building.

And last year's popular Dairy Cow Birthing Center will be expanded, with a bigger tent, more seating and large-screen TVs.

Fairgoers got the chance to see 30 calves born over the course of last year's Fair.

There are also some new competitions in the works, highlighted by a watermelon carving event.

Officials say they're also making a number of improvements around the fairgrounds, including upgrades to some barns and agricultural buildings.

The New York State Fair runs from August 21 to September 1.

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